BATON ROUGE - For the second month in a row, the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner area had the lowest unemployment rate among the nation’s largest metro areas, with Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux reporting the second lowest unemployment rate among all metro areas, according to a report released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The April unemployment rate in the New Orleans metro area held steady at 5.3 percent, and the rate in the Houma-Thibodaux area remained at 3.6 percent, tied with Ames, Iowa, for the second-lowest rate. The Houma area also tied for the fourth largest over-the-year increase in nonfarm employment with a gain of 1,400. This marked the third largest percentage gain with a 1.4 percent jump since April 2008.
“We continue to see signs of resiliency in our state’s employment picture,” said Tim Barfield, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “Low unemployment rates and job growth in some parts of the state are very positive news and give us hope that we will continue to outperform the country as a whole.”
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate statewide in April was 6.2 percent - ninth lowest in the nation. The national rate was 8.9 percent.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures reflect unemployment rates that are not seasonally adjusted. The BLS news release can be accessed at www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/metro.pdf.
For more detailed information on employment data for Louisiana, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission Web site at www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information. Then select Monthly Employment Bulletin – Workforce At A Glance or Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release for the latest monthly nonfarm and labor force data.